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Regional News of Tuesday, 13 September 2022


Alaafin: 9 royal houses reject 86 aspirants as internal wrangling intensify

The late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III The late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III

86 aspirants who were shortlisted to take over the reins as Alaafin of Oyo have been rejected by nine royal houses out of the eleven royal houses in the kingdom.

The royal houses include Tella Okitipapa, Adediran Ese Apata, Olanite, Adelabu Baba Ibadan, Adesiyan, Adesokan Baba Idode, Iteade Abidekun, Adeitan and Tella Agbojulogun, according to The Nations.

The royal houses said that the aspirants were disqualified because the selection process for the Alaafin did not follow due process as required by the tradition of the land.

They said the Oyo state government must do the right or they will resort to legal actions which may lead to the removal of whoever ascends the throne without their blessings, reports.

Prince Afolabi Adeshina who was speaking on behalf of the royal house of Adeitan urged the Oyo State government should exercise patience for the completion of ongoing court cases before commencing with the processes of selection.

Adeshina disclosed that the state government had issued a letter following the demise of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi.

The letter was dated August 9, 2022, with the directive that Baba Iyaji should choose a crown prince from the Agunloye family and present him to the Oyomesi without considering the other nine families, who are yet to occupy the throne, reports

Adeshina said the government was interested in who would succeed Oba Adeyemi, adding that that was why nine of the 11 families were sidelined from the process.

He said they wanted fairness, equity, and justice in the installation of the Alaafin.


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